This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows Minneapolis Minnesota's Spoonbridge and Cherry
One of the great joys of traveling the world is discovering the strange, odd and amusing are found in every culture. They make life, tourism and souvenir collecting all the more interesting. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Spoonbridge and Cherry is just such a place. Located within the city's Sculpture Garden, it stands out amongst a wider collection of more conventional abstract modernist sculpture. Taking the form of a bent spoon with a bright red cherry balanced impossibly on its tip, it sits in a fountain but is a "bridge" in name only. The piece was designed by sculptors (as well as husband and wife) Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen who moved to the United States from Sweden (Oldenburg) and the Netherlands (van Bruggen).
Minneapolis is Renown as the City of Lakes
One of Minneapolis' greatest bounties, and a sure attraction for any visitors, is its abundant sources of water. The Minneapolis River cuts through the city, but it is better known for its lakes - the city's nickname is "The City of Lakes." The most prominent of these is the Chain of Lakes, a park ringing the city which protects a series of seven lakes and their accompanying streams. These lovely bodies of water are connected by not only waterways but also bike and hiking paths. The city also has a number of waterfalls, including picturesque Minnehaha Falls locatedw tihin the 193 acre Minnehaha Park, and the large St. Anthony Falls which is located in the heart of the city. The city's location is in part due to these falls, as they provided power for early flour milling operations - additionally, the system of locks that allowed boats to bypass the falls and continue upstream required considerable labor from the early city.